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Amercom 1:100 Aircraft of the World ACSL43
Gloster Meteor F.Mk 8 Diecast Model
RAF No.74 Sqn, RAF Horsham St.Faith, England, 1954

1:100 Scale   Length   Width
Gloster Meteor F.Mk 8   5"   5.25"

The Gloster Meteor was the RAF's first jet fighter aircraft, whose development began in November 1940 following the appearance of the turbojet designed by Frank Whittle. The Gloster Meteor made its first test flight on March 5, 1943. The Mk. I had a maximum speed of 417 mph at 3000m and had a range of 1610 km, powered by two Rolls-Royce W.2B/23C turbojet engines providing 771 kg of thrust each. Later versions, beginning with the F.8 in 1948 were the first British production aircraft to be equipped with ejector seats. 74 Squadron was re-equipped as the RAF's third Meteor F.3 squadron in June 1945 and formed the first all jet fighter wing along with 616 and 504 Squadrons. The Mk.III Meteors were retained until March 1948, re-equipment with F.4's commencing in December 1947. The F.4 was operated by the Squadron until October 1950, when it was replaced by the F.8. No.74 Squadron operated the Mk.8 from Horsham St. Faith, Norwich, Norfolk for seven years until the type was replaced by the Hunter in 1957.

Gloster Meteor F.Mk 8

Designed as a turbojet-powered fighter in a time when piston-engined aircraft still dominated the skies, the Gloster Meteor first flew on March 5, 1943. The Meteor was the first British jet fighter and the only Allied jet aircraft to see service during WWII. It debuted around the same time as the German Me 262, but was not used for dogfighting—instead, Meteors were used to combat the V1 Flying Bomb. The Meteor's service during WWII was limited, but it saw combat during the Korean War and was used by the Royal Australian Air Force and by the Air Forces of more than a dozen other nations until its ultimate retirement in the 1970s.

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Amercom 1:100 Aircraft of the World

The Amercom "1:100 Aircraft of the World" range presents affordable, ready made diecast models of military aircraft in 1:100 scale. To help keep the price down, these items arrive in low-cost, discardable blister type packaging.

Amercom "Aircraft of the World" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal and plastic construction.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Rotating wheels and propellers.
  • Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".

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